Uruz Meaning & Interpretation – Nordic Runes

Rune Poem for Uruz

“ Ur byþ anmod ond oferhyrned,
felafrecne deor, feohteþ mid hornum
mære morstapa; þæt is modig wuht.”
“The aurochs is proud and has great horns;
it is a very savage beast and fights with its horns;
a great ranger of the moors, it is a creature of mettle.”

Rune Name – Uruz, pronounced Uruz

Aett – Freyja’s

Aett Position – Second

Uruz – Upright Meaning


uruzVitality, Athleticism, Fortitude, Valor, Influence, Sexuality, Action


The Auroch stands in the field, majestic, strong. Master of all he surveys, fearful of nothing, and the very symbol of virility. The cattle in our fields call him father, no longer wild are they, but he wild remains.

When the wolf invades his field, Fenrir’s child, he does not turn and run, does not bellow to the moon in hopes of rescue. He lowers his horn, cattle’s axe, and charges, taking his hearth back from the invader.

It is in the spring, the time of Freyja All-Mother, that the Auroch Lord shall stand tall in the grass, herd father. The young gather to challenge him, hopeful fathers, and will be beaten down from his virility.

For he is all action, all strength, and in his greatness will he stand against all, Odin of the fields, fearing nothing, conquering all, fathering all.

This is the heart of the Ur rune, that we shall be strong like he, face challenges as he, and take action as he, never cowering from that which we can defeat.

Embody the strength of the Uruz rune, showing your strength and vitality, never yielding before a challenge and facing all of them with undying valor. Flex your body’s strength, bound across the fields of life, and feel the heart of your body’s expression, all of these are Uruz’s lessons to you.

Uruz – Merkstave Meaning (Reversed)


uruz merkstaveSickness, Weakness, Fear, Powerless, Hesitation


Then the winter comes, Skaldi’s Hall, and the herd is in the fields. The day is short, Sol’s in his chamber, norðrljós is shining, his curtain drawn. The Auroch, herd chieftain, his strength wanes from no feeding, the grass beneath the winter’s blanket. Weakness takes him, and he stumbles, falling in this weather of fenrir’s kin.

The young one’s see him, and abandon them in their fear, for the wolves will be coming soon, and winter’s blade cuts deep. It is long and long till the elf-glory will once again clear the sky.

And as the ship of night rises through sky’s black cloak, so the Auroch falls. So sickness comes, and takes the aurochs heart, so Fenrir’s kin cut deep and drink of the Auroch’s life, and all falls for the herd father.

These are the times of the Merkstave Uruz Rune, when strength does fail us, and hesitation costs us. Fear shall break us says the Merkstave Ur, weakness shall take us says the Merkstave Ur, our manhood fall, our children break. In our final hesitation shall we fall, all beneath the Merkstave Ur.

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